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Winter walks in Poole

Winter is here and as the cold frost sets in it's time to put on your boots, wrap up warm in that big puffy jacket, and get outdoors for a winter walk around Poole's brilliant coastline, gardens, and woodland. Take a look below and find out everything you need to plan your winter walk experience around Poole.

Check out our favourite winter walks in and around Poole below...

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Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park

Location: Poole Rd, Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ

About: Upton Country Park plays home to a stunning Grade II* listed Mansion House and is one of the most beautiful winter walks in Poole. Boasting 160 acres of stunning woodland, gardens, and more to explore, Upton Country Park makes a great spot for those long winter walks through the frost. With plenty of easy-to-follow paths dotted throughout this Poole park, you’ll be able to enjoy taking in the sights of some of Poole’s stunning winter landscapes.

Distance: Approx 2 miles

Main Features: Georgian Mansion House, Woodland, Gardens, Walking Paths.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

Location: The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5EZ

About: Corfe Castle is located a short 20-minute drive from Poole but is well worth the trip if you’re wanting to get the kids out the house and into the great outdoors this winter. The village of Corfe Castle is famous for its castle ruins that you’ll be able to visit on your winter walk around this picturesque village venue that also provides spectacular views of nearby Purbeck. Once finished on your walk make sure to stick around and visit some of the villages pubs, cafes, and shops.

Distance: Various walks throughout the village

Main Features: Picturesque Village, Castle Ruins, Shops, Restaurants, Cafes.

Difficulty: Easy

Poole Harbour Trails

Poole Harbour Trails

Location: Various locations around Poole Harbour

About: Poole boasts the biggest harbour anywhere in Europe and that means there are also some brilliant winter walks to head out on around the harbour as we enter the coldest time of the year. Whether you are wanting to head out on a long stroll along the seafront or prefer a short walk in the winter frost to work off those Christmas treats, the Poole Harbour trail features a host of great walks to head out on. Just wrap up warm and you’ll be good to go!

Distance: Various walks are available ranging between 1.5 and 7.5 miles.

Main Features: Poole Harbour, Ocean Walk, Grassland.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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Holes Bay Nature Park

Holes Bay Nature Park

Location: Holes Bay Nature Park, Poole BH17 7BL

About: Holes Bay Nature Park is an idyllic location for a winter walk in Poole with the waterway and surrounding grass and woodland providing rare glimpses of the local wildlife. The park is accessible via the paved cycle and walking route connecting Poole town centre and Upton County Park and throughout the winter, you will be able to see swans, geese, ducks, and more. The most common 5-mile walk is part of the Poole Harbour Trail and is a brilliant place to walk during the winter months with much of the water often freezing over that provide stunning pictures.

Distance: Various routes are available with the most popular being the 5.5-mile circular walk.

Main Features: Grassland, Woodland, Wildlife, Cycle and Walking Routes.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy

Location: Kingston Lacy, Wimborne BH21 4EA

About: If you’re looking for a winter walk just outside of Poole, then a visit to the outstanding Kingston Lacy is well worth the trip. This magnificent National Trust property is housed in acres of natural beauty with their gardens, woodland, and parkland, all uniquely different and brilliant walks of their own throughout the winter. Dogs are allowed on-site but must remain on their lead as you take in the sights of Kingston Lacy this winter, so if you’re wanting to get outdoors with all the family as we enter December then head over to Kingston Lacy. Please be aware that non-National Trust members must pay an admission fee.

Distance: Various routes are available throughout. 

Main Features: National Trust Property, Gardens, Woodland, Parkland.

Difficulty: Easy

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Compton Acres

Compton Acres

Location: Canford Cliffs Rd, Poole BH13 7ES

About: Commonly referred to as one of Poole’s most popular and loved landmarks, Compton Acres is a great place to visit this winter for a walk in the cold outdoors. This privately owned garden spans out over 10 acres of feature-packed gardens for all to enjoy with their mesmerising horticulture displays and statues also making it a great Instagram location in Poole. Experience all of the wonders of nature by paying a visit to Compton Acres this winter for a brilliant walking experience.

Distance: Various

Main Features: Horticulture, Gardens, Expansive Landscape, Walking Paths.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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